The name of the town is derived from the punctuation mark. To quote from an 1831 letter, “Arrangements were made and a surveyor laid out the lots. When completed we wished to give it a name … could not find one to suit. Finally, I took up an old dictionary and the first word I put my eyes on was ‘colon’. Looking to see the definition … a mark of punctuation indicating a pause almost as long as that of a period, we called it Colon.”
Colon has four distinct seasons, with the warmest month being August, with an average high of 81°F and average low of 58°F, and the coldest month being January, with temperatures of 33°F for the average high and 10°F for the average low. Average rainfall is 36.1 inches and the average snowfall is 34.2 inches.
North South: U.S. 131,1-69
East-West: U.S. 12,I80-90, M-60, M-86 Airline Service:
The nearest airport with passenger service is Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport. Six passenger carriers and fifteen freight carriers service the airport.
Approximate Mileage to;
Kalamazoo – 38
Battle Creek – 32
Grand Rapids – 90
Holland – 92
Lansing – 80
South Bend – 60
Colon Area Stats
Colon area 2000 census population is over 24,000 within a 12-mile radius.
Colon lies in the center of many small towns/rural villages – Sherwood, Burr Oak, Mendon, Leoni-das, Nottawa, Centreville, Bronson, Athens, and between 8 townships – Colon, Burr Oak, Nottawa, Mendon, Leonidas, Sherwood, Matteson, Bronson.
-Founded in 1831 by Lorancie Schellhous.
The Village of Colon is 1 square mile in area and The township of Colon is 6 square miles.